In a statement released last night, the following Republican Congressmen were named to the team:
Congressman Doug Collins (GA)
Congressman Mike Johnson (LA)
Congressman Jim Jordan (OH)
Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (AZ)
Congressman Mark Meadows (NC)
Congressman John Ratcliffe (TX)
Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (NY)
Congressman Lee Zeldin (NY)
The White House says the members will work to “combat this hyper-partisan and baseless impeachment.”
“Throughout this process, these Members of Congress have provided guidance to the White House team, which was prohibited from participating in the proceedings concocted by Democrats in the House of Representatives,” continues the statement. “The President looks forward to their continued participation and is confident that the Members will help expeditiously end this brazen political vendetta on behalf of the American people.”
A senior Trump administration official told Fox News that the congressional members will not present statements on the Senate floor during the impeachment trial. “The group will continue to give critical guidance on the case because of their strong familiarity with the facts and evidence,” the official said.
Last week, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced that collusion hoaxers, Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) would be named as impeachment managers along with Rep. Val Demings (D-FL), Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO), Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-TX).
The Speaker claimed that the House demonstrated its “courage and patriotism” and that the managers chosen “reflect those values, and will now honor their responsibility to defend democracy.”
After Pelosi’s announcement, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham issued a statement saying the House Speaker “focused on politics instead of the American people,” and that she “failed and the naming of these managers does not change a single thing.”
The Senate impeachment trial will begin today at 1:00 p.m. ET.